By Jack Minor
The Kansas State board of Healing Arts apparently is saying political perspectives are more important than medical knowledge for its doctors.
That’s the result of the board’s decision this week to reject a request from Dr. Terrence Lakin for a license to practice medicine in the state.
The decision came because of his perspective that Barack Obama may not be eligible to be president or commander-in-chief, and he, while an officer in the military, was not necessarily obligated to followed orders from someone who may be an imposter.
Based on the doubts about Obama’s eligibility and legitimacy, Lakin declined an additional deployment to the Middle East and his subsequent charges and trial made headlines. He eventually was removed from the military.
He already is licensed to practice medicine in Maryland and Colorado, his home state. However, he had applied for certification in Kansas in order to work alongside his brother, Dr. Greg Lakin, who has a clinic in Wichita.
Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, a career army soldier, began having concerns over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be commander in chief during the primary season leading up to the 2008 election. After being rebuffed by his superiors who refused to answer his questions, Lakin reluctantly felt he could no longer obey orders until the issue had been resolved, feeling that to do otherwise would violate his officer’s oath, which is to the U.S. Constitution.
During his court martial, Lakin was not allowed to call witnesses or present evidence regarding his reason for disobeying orders. Under the burden imposed by the judge, he was convicted of missing a movement and disobeying orders and served six months in the military prison at Ft. Leavenworth.
Following his conviction, Obama supporters who were critical of his stand called for Lakin to be barred from ever practicing medicine again in order to make him an example to others in the military who might be considering challenging the president’s eligibility.
The demand arose even though Lakin had served as an exemplary doctor and his medical qualifications never were challenged.
During the KSBHA certification hearing, doctors never asked Lakin about his medical experience, but they had plenty of questions about his political views.
At the beginning of the hearing, Stacey Bond, associate litigation counsel for the board, stated that Lakin did not deploy because he did not believe Obama was eligible to be commander in chief. However at no time up to and during the court martial did Lakin ever make such a claim; his position was that he was unsure and wanted the chain of command to provide answers to his questions.
Bond said it was up to board to determine if his “refusal to follow order[s] to render … medical care” should disqualify him from licensure.
The National Practitioner Database had a statement that Lakin was convicted by the army in a court martial with the opening sentence that Lakin failed to render medical services when ordered. The statement came from Army Medical Command, quality management division. However that never was part of the official charges in the court martial. Army officials have said they were in the process of correcting the sentence.
Lakin presented letters from three lawyers to the board showing that failure to render medical assistance was never alleged by the military. However, that did not appear to impress board members.
Michael Beezley asked why Lakin had no problem deploying in 2004, but had issues “going over there after President Obama was elected, is that the big kick?”
Another doctor, Ronald Whitmer also questioned Lakin’s eligibility views, asking if he believed Obama was a U.S. citizen. When Lakin attempted to answer, Whitmer interrupted, asking what it would take to convince him that Obama is a U.S. citizen.
When Lakin pointed out the questions had nothing to do with his medical qualifications, Whitmer fired back, asking if the president had a valid birth certificate.
Following the eligibility questions, the board made and seconded a motion tabling Lakin’s license request until the “rendering medical services” statement was resolved.
Following an executive session, Beezley withdrew his motion and the board instead voted to deny his license, saying the court martial in and of itself constituted dishonorable conduct and was grounds for refusal to grant the license.
Lakin told WND that he had never been asked about his political views at a medical board hearing until now.
“I went in there expecting them to talk about my military history, however I thought we would focus on medical judgment and medical practice issues and not on political issues,” Lakin said. “It seemed as if there was an agenda against me from the get go.”
Greg Lakin, who in addition to being a doctor is a licensed attorney in Colorado, said he was disappointed with the demeanor of the board.
He said prior to the hearing, Bond had not given any indication there were issues with his brother’s political views and they were completely blindsided by the tone taken by the board.
“Her opening statement was so inflammatory that we never were able to get beyond it.”
Dana Wright, an investigative reporter for KCTV-5 out of Kansas City reported that it was obvious Lakin was turned down solely for his political views.
Wright said, “a dispute over whether President Barack Obama was born in the United States led to Lakin being forced from the military and apparently led to the Kansas board in October denying him a medical license to practice in the Sunflower State.”
Wright’s investigation into the board’s actions revealed that in 2008 the KSBHA approved the license of another physician with a history of medical mistakes including a patient who died after a drill mishap during surgery.
The doctor had a second error causing repeated electrical shocks to a patient and in another incident when he performed brain surgery on another doctor’s patient.
The Terry Lakin Action Fund worked with Lakin during his incarceration in Ft. Leavenworth.
Retired Cmdr. Charles Kerchner, who took his own challenge to Obama’s tenure in the Oval Office all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, has said Lakin’s conviction and jailing signaled the end of the “rule of law” in the United States.
Kerchner’s legal case, handled by attorney Mario Apuzzo, alleged that Congress failed its constitutional duty to examine the legitimacy of a successful candidate during the Electoral College vetting process on Capitol Hill. The Supreme Court ultimately decided not to hear arguments, leaving standing a lower court’s dismissal.
Kerchner’s comments came in an interview with Sharon Rondeau of The Post & Email.
Lakin also earned the support of several prominent, high-ranking, retired officers during his battle, including Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely and Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney.
Kerchner had noted that Lakin, before publicly challenging Obama’s eligibility to serve as president under the Constitution’s “natural born citizen” requirement – an issue that remains unresolved – had gone through every available channel seeking resolution.
“Terry had been questioning Obama’s eligibility for over two years, and not only did he go to his elected representatives; he used a formal path available to soldiers, filling out a form or writing a letter, to request a congressional inquiry,” Kerchner told The Post & Email at the time.
“If a soldier is having some issue with the military chain of command or for any reason feels that he has been unjustly treated, there is the Article 138 where you can directly ask your senior chain of command about it. He also filed another form or letter to request a congressional inquiry; he requested more than once that an investigation be done about Obama’s eligibility because as an officer, he had sworn an oath to the U.S. Constitution. He had great doubts that Obama was eligible, and he wanted them to investigate, and they didn’t even answer him,” Kerchner explained.
“The Congress did nothing. Terry, as a soldier, had a further right to one, and he didn’t even get an answer. For example, if you allege that your commanding officer is mistreating you, Congress investigates those allegations. Terry asked for a congressional inquiry because no one in his chain of command was answering his questions, and they didn’t answer him. He felt he was being unjustly treated and ignored by his chain of command in their not addressing or answering his questions about the eligibility of Obama to be the commander-in-chief and president,” he said in the lengthy interview with Rondeau.